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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources

Pepperdine is a Christian University fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Seaver College Career Center welcomes all of the different cultures, identities, talents, and interests represented in our community. Explore the information below to learn more about on- and off-campus resources, student and alumni organizations, and events. Please note that the list of resources below is meant to serve as a starting point, we encourage you to do your research and explore how employers and organizations value attracting diverse students in order to build an inclusive culture.

On-Campus Resources

Pepperdine offers University-wide initiatives designed to build and model a diverse, informed, loving, and unified community and to further cultivate a deep sense of belonging at the University. 


The First Wave Program offers resources and tools to help first-generation students thrive throughout their academic journey at Seaver College. Students that identify as being first-generation are invited to attend the events, utilize the resources outlined on this page, and connect with faculty, staff, and administrators to gain key insights into the tools necessary for academic success. 

Pepperdine contact: The First Wave Faculty Directory includes a list of faculty that are eager to assist you throughout your time at Pepperdine and are looking forward to working with you. 

  Intercultural Affairs

The Intercultural Affairs Office (ICA) strives to connect, engage, and inspire Seaver College students through effective, educational programs, services, and experiences that promote academic success and holistic development; build a diverse community of respect, learning, understanding, equity, and inclusion; and cultivate skills, friendships, and leadership capacity through meaningful engagement with peers, faculty, staff, and local communities. Together, these strategies aim to educate and prepare culturally competent graduates for purposeful lives devoted to Christian discipleship, service, mercy, and justice in local, national, and global contexts. 

Pepperdine contact: Terra Hall, Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Diversity and Belonging, Email: Terra.Hall@pepperdine.edu

  Office of International Student Services

The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus – diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination, and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as you provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms.

Pepperdine contact: Brooke O'Donnell, Director, Email: Brooke.Odonnell@pepperdine.edu

  Office of Student Accessibility

The Office of Student Accessibility (OSA) seeks to accommodate students with documented disabilities to allow them equal standing in educational endeavors. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), along with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, were enacted to provide a clear and comprehensive mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. In compliance with these laws, Student Accessibility at Pepperdine University is dedicated to maintaining an environment that guarantees students with disabilities full access to its educational programs, activities, and facilities. Accommodations are designed to level the playing field for students with disabilities while maintaining the integrity and standards of the University's academic programs.

Pepperdine contact: Sandra Harrison, Executive Director, Email: Sandra.Harrison@pepperdine.edu

  Seaver College Diversity and Inclusion

Seaver College offers a variety of programs and initiatives that celebrate the diversity and inclusion of students, faculty, and staff. Click here to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Seaver College.


Affinity Group Resources

The Career Center supports the intersectionality of student identities and professional choices. This section includes identity-based information about internships, jobs, professional associations, resources, and programs designed to support diverse talent in the workplace. 


INROADS - The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) - Equips and emboldens high-achieving women and men from underrepresented communities—African American, Latinx, and Native American—to realize their full potential, to make a mark, and make a difference.

Minority Access Minority Access Incorporated - Assists individuals, academic institutions, Federal, state, and local government agencies, and corporations of all kinds in diversifying their campuses and work sites.

National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) - Non-profit professional organization in the mathematical sciences with membership open to all persons interested in the mission and purpose of NAM which are: promoting excellence in the mathematical sciences and promoting the mathematical development of all underrepresented minorities

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  African American/Black

Black Career Women's Network - A national career development organization dedicated to fostering the professional growth and success of Black women.

Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) Summer Internship - Prepares and educates professionals, entrepreneurs, and students of color for executive leadership in retail, fashion, and related industries. A comprehensive paid 8-10 week professional development program for students of color designed to expose high potential rising college juniors and seniors in the business of fashion including, but not limited to buying, design, digital, human resources, marketing, merchandising, planning, store management, and technology.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation - A nonprofit nonpartisan public policy, research, and educational institute that seeks to advance the global black community.

Mathematically Gifted and Black, A website that highlights the contributions, accomplishments, and lives of Black Scholars in the Mathematical Sciences.

National Association of Black Journalists Internships - NABJ offers summer internships annually to college students interested in pursuing a career in journalism. Students gain paid hands-on training in reporting, editing, photography, graphic design, video production, and public relations at various U.S. news organizations. 

National Urban League - Supports African-Americans and others in underserved communities to achieve their highest true social parity, economic self-reliance, power, and civil rights. They offer an online job board to help you find jobs, get training, and obtain rewarding careers.

Pepperdine Black Alumni Group - The Pepperdine Black Alumni Group is committed to serving and coalescing African American alumni for the benefit of advancing the commonality of interests of the University while focusing on creating opportunities, and offering resources to African American alumni, students, and the community at large. 

UNCF: United Negro College Fund - America's largest private scholarship provider to minority students.

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  Asian American and Pacific Islander

Asia Society - A leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States through arts, education, policy, and business outreach. Asia Society has an online careers page and internship program designed to provide practical vocational experience, training, and opportunities to both plan and participate in events and programs.

APIA Scholars - Provides scholarships and other resources that increase Asian and Pacific Islander Americans' access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a more vibrant America.

LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics) Emerge Summer Internship Program - Eight-week paid summer internship program designed to empower rising young leaders by providing students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to immerse themselves in Southern California’s API community.

National Association of Asian American Professionals - Helps Asian American professionals connect with one another and with resources that will help them take the next steps in their careers. 

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  Disabilities and Accessibility

AbilityLinks - Connects applicants with disabilities to a network of employers that value disability inclusion.

Getting Hired - A recruitment solution dedicated to helping inclusive employers hire professional individuals and veterans with disabilities. 

Inclusively - An employment platform that connects job seekers with disabilities, mental health conditions, and chronic illnesses, to inclusive employers committed to providing needed workplace accommodations.

National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) - Resources for job seekers with disabilities including job and internship postings, local resource directories, webcasts, and more.

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) - A recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private-sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

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  Hispanic, Latino/Latina

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. Congressional Internship Program - During CHCI's paid summer and semester internships, promising Latino undergraduate students experience what it's like to work in a congressional office while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service.

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) - National non-profit dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals. HACE helps Latinos succeed in every phase of their careers.

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities - Provides internships, scholarships, college retention and advancement programs, precollegiate support, and career development opportunities and programs. Since 1992 the HNIP has recruited college students for paid summer- and semester-long internships at federal agencies and private corporations in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country.

Hispanics Forward - Provides early-career Hispanics with the tools, knowledge, and network required to succeed and increase representation in liberty-focused careers.

Latinx Alliances | Teach for America - A diverse network of leaders who confront educational inequity by teaching for at least two years and then working with unwavering commitment from every sector of society to create a nation free from this injustice. The Latinx Alliances strives to be the most connected, active, thriving, and culturally responsive Latinx leadership network in pursuit for educational equity in the United States.

Latinxs and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences (Lathisms) - An accessible platform that features the multifaceted and diverse nature of the Latinx and Hispanic mathematics community and inspires the younger generation of Latinx mathematicians.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)- An inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM

The Society of Hispanic HR Professionals - Hosts monthly networking meetings, along with regular career fairs and seminars.

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Interstride - An interactive career platform designed to enhance the career exploration and job-search experience for international students. Includes information on the H1B visa database, country guides, job and internship postings, and more.

My Visa Jobs - Detailed information for international students regarding visa processes, and H1-B employer list and job board.

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  Indigenous Peoples

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) - Focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations, and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies, and careers.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) - An inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM

Udall Foundation - Internship program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government.

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The Human Rights Campaign Employee Resources – Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization. Find resources on everything from coming out to addressing workplace discrimination.

LGBTQ Students Guide to Getting Hired - An employment guide that includes LGBTQ+ workplace rights, information and some tips on the job search process, a list of LGBTQ-Friendly companies, and additional LGBTQ career resources.

Out for Undergrad (O4U) Conferences- Attend a life-changing weekend conference. In one weekend, you'll explore ambitious career options and build a network of LGBTQ friends and supporters in your industry of choice. The support of participating employers allows O4U to cover the cost of airfare, lodging, and conference participation for all student attendees. Each year O4U selects a diverse and impressive class of high-achievers, and all admitted students travel, stay and attend for free.

Pride at Work - A nonprofit organization that represents LGBTQ union members and their allies. We are an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations) that organizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBTQ Community to further social and economic justice. From our national office in Washington, DC, we coordinate and support more than 20 Chapters across the country.

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  Undocumented and DACA

Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students - Published by Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC), this comprehensive guide provides strategies for navigating life after college, including applying to graduate and professional school, job search strategies, and various ways to earn a living. 

United We Dream: Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) - Empowers immigrant students and promotes educational justice by providing curriculum resources, institutional toolkits, conferences, and webinar opportunities, as well as general career resources for undocumented students.

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American Business Women's Association - Brings together businesswomen of diverse occupations and provides opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.

Association for Women in Mathematics - The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

EDGE: A Program for Women in Mathematics - Designed to strengthen the ability of women and minority students to successfully complete graduate programs in the mathematical sciences.

Feminist Jobs Board - A project of the Feminist Majority Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to educating and mobilizing folks around the political, economic, and social equality of all women. The board provides feminists with a space to find jobs that progress the status of women or encompass their passion for social justice.

WomenDoMath - An easy-access platform supported by the NSF that brings you news and resources about women and other groups or individuals in mathematics that accurately represent the diversity of the math community. 

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If you know about an organization or resource we missed, please let us know!

Resources and links are included for their potential interest to students and do not imply school endorsement of the particular organization, opportunity or resource described.